How to Wear: Fair Isle Sweater Dress

8 Nov

I love a classic Fair Isle sweater, and it can only get better in dress-form.  Despite the classic appeal, I think sometimes it’s hard to rock a Fair Isle without feeling like you’re starring in a LL Bean Christmas catalog.

This Fair Isle sweater dress is from Target and is only $25.  (It also comes in a lovely navy and a nice gray.)

The first thing I did was look for an interesting flannel to layer underneath the dress.  I know what you’re thinking–those prints do not go together.  Traditionally, you’re right.  But, the print mixing works in this case because we have a similar color story.  (That’s one of my best tips for successful print mixing–stick to similar colors!)   I would push up the sweater dress sleeves and let a little bit of the flannel cuff be exposed.  (This flannel is from Woolrich, a company that is known for their quality outerwear.)

Next, add a belt.  I belt everything in my entire life.  Because layering flannel underneath a wool dress can result in unwanted bulk, adding a belt will keep a nice shape.

I love the J.Crew field jackets, and while navy is a departure from our original color story, it’s a nice neutral that can tie everything together.   If you can, I would roll the jacket sleeves a little to add the final cuff detail.  (So, you should be able to see the flannel, the sweater, and then the jacket.)

Add a pair of classic cognac riding boots (layer over some epic knee socks for extra warmth!) and an unexpected bag.  I never can get enough leopard, and I think the pop gives this outfit a little edge.  Finally, some funky sunglasses.

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I really love this dress, and I might snag it in both red and navy.  It’s just such a classic cut and style, and it will last you through fall and until the end of winter.

Also, thanks to the lovely Fran for featuring me on her blog today!  She is one of my favorite budgeting bloggers, and I appreciate all her money saving tips!  Stop over and say hi!

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One Response to “How to Wear: Fair Isle Sweater Dress”

  1. amy November 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I just wear a sweater yesterday that was this print.

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